Mandakini was born 7th January 1969, as Yasmeen Joseph and is a former Bollywood actress. She had a brief, but controversial career in Hindi movies and was rumored to have a close relationship with Dubai based gangster, Dawood Ibrahim. Mandakini was born in an Anglo Indian family in Meerut her mother is a Muslim and her father is English.
At 16, pet name Sana Anjum she was cast in the lead role in Raj Kapoor's 1985 movie, Ram Teri Ganga Maili opposite his youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor. The movie was a hit, and it earned Mandakini a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.
Mandakini acted in a few more successful films, such as Dance Dance, with Mithun Chakraborty and Pyaar Karke Dekho with Govinda.
As of 1990, Mandakini is married to a Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur with children.
She quit movies after Zordaar in 1996 and has lived in Mumbai Andheri since with her husband and children. Since then, she has made attempts to reinvent herself. She released two pop music albums — No Vacancy and Shambala — neither of which was a success.